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Curcumin From Turmeric: One of Our Favorites for Preventing Age-Related Diseases 

Curcumin from turmeric has a host of health benefits from reducing inflammation to boosting brain function.

Turmeric root is one of those supplements that most people can benefit from implementing into their diets. From reducing inflammation in the body to decreasing oxidative damage to our cells to boosting brain function, the power of turmeric goes on and on. So what is it about turmeric that makes it so magical? It contains curcumin, a compound that “has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant.” (source)

Curcumin Health Benefits

Chronic inflammation in the body has been linked to almost all of the Western diseases, including “heart disease, cancer, metabolic syndrome, Alzheimer’s and various degenerative conditions.” (source) Cutting down our chronic inflammation can play a big role in minimizing our risk for these diseases. Curcumin has been shown to do just that. In fact, curcumin’s anti-inflammatory effects seem to be almost as effective as some prescription anti-inflammatory drugs. 

Another powerful benefit of curcumin is its antioxidant properties. We know that antioxidants are key in fighting back against free radicals which cause oxidative damage to our cells, damage which will eventually lead to aging and disease. In our modern world, and especially if you live in a big city, free radicals are difficult to avoid. We can take in free radicals through the food we eat and the air we breathe so the more antioxidants we can slip into our system to combat the damage these might cause, the better! 

Curcumin also boosts our brain health, and we are all about brain health here at AGEIST. Curcumin increases a growth hormone in our brain called BDNF, which increases the growth of new neurons in the brain. Studies have linked decreased levels of BDNF in our brain to brain disorders like Alzheimer’s and depression. (source)

Supplements

It’s important to note that if you want to get the powerful effects from curcumin, make sure you purchase a supplement that has high levels of it, as turmeric spice (like the one you may have in your pantry) actually does not contain all that much curcumin. Curcumin is also not absorbed fully on its own. To up the absorption into your bloodstream, pair your supplement with a few cracks of black pepper. Black pepper contains a compound called piperine, which helps your body to absorb curcumin. Your supplement may already have accounted for this and added piperine, so just check your label.

How can you implement more curcumin from turmeric into your diet? One way to get maximum benefits is to take a supplement. David’s favorite way of taking curcumin in his diet is by taking a heaping tablespoon of bulk turmeric with ground pepper in his morning smoothie. Always check with your doctor before adding in any new supplements. 

3 COMMENTS

  1. I am confused. The spice turmeric does not have much curcumin but David gets his by putting a tablespoonful in his smoothie?

    • I would personally recommend taking a supplement to get the full benefits of curcumin. Bulletproof has a great one called Curcumin Max!

    • Hi Sheriden. Yes I get mine from tumeric, although you are correct that if I took a supplement I could get a higher dosage. The reason I do this is that I take a lot of capsules every morning as is and didn’t want to add another. The other is that with a tablespoon of tumeric, even at 8% curcumin, it is quite a lot of curcumin. I also get the added benefit of the other bioflavonoids in tumeric. However, I may switch to a capsule, as there is the added complication the powerful staining effect of the dry tumeric on anything it touches.

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Taylor Marks
Taylor Marks is a certified holistic health coach and current student at The Institute of Culinary Education studying health supportive culinary arts. Her passions include making nourishing food taste and look delicious and guiding others towards feeling their best.

 

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